San Francisco, California
Dr. Bernstein uses an enamel-like material to close spaces between teeth, cover flaws, and improve the color or shape of teeth. Known as Dental Bonding,
this enamel is applied, hardened, and sculpted to your teeth. Composite tooth bonding can work wonders for smiles, and as a result has become one of the most often used cosmetic dentistry techniques.
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Dental bonding can close gaps between your teeth, repair chips and cracks, as well as eliminate spots and other discolorations.
Dental bonding is performed exclusively with materials that match the shade, translucency and texture
of your natural teeth. If you have minor flaws in one or many teeth, you should
consider dental bonding as a quick and economical way to improve your appearance.
How is a tooth bonded?
Tooth bonding can usually be completed in one visit to Dr. Bernstein's cosmetic dentistry office. Your tooth is prepared by lightly
roughening the area that will be treated.
The tooth's surface is etched with a gel, and a series of bonding
primers and resins are applied to your tooth.
Dental composites are made to a paste-like
consistency so that they can be sculpted to the proper shape and applied to your tooth. Dental composites
contain various pigments. These pigments can be matched to your tooth color as well as your tooth's natural translucency. The composite is applied to your tooth, usually
in several layers so that it replicates depth of color that occurs with a natural
tooth. A high-intensity curing light is then used to harden the composite. With the latest
dental technology, we can mimic the color details and translucency of your tooth
for a natural, healthy appearance.
How long will tooth bonding last?
Composite tooth bonding materials can give you beautiful teeth. However, you should be aware of some of the limitations of composite tooth bonding. The life of the bonding material depends primarily on how well you care for it. Many patients can have them for ten or fifteen years. However, other patients may develop
staining on the margins of the bonding after a year or two, which requires some
touch-up work. Generally, if you exercise good oral hygiene, your dental bonds can last a lifetime, however you may need some occasional touch-up work.
We recommend frequent professional maintenance for extensive bonding work.
Having a skilled hygienist clean your teeth two to four times every year can help protect your bonding, make the bonding look better, and extend the life of your dental work. Your bonded teeth can also be maintained with regular brushing and flossing. We suggest you avoid sweets or starchy foods in between meals. Bonding holds up much better when
it is clean.
To view before and after photos of dental bonding in San Francisco, click here.
If you are considering dental bonding in San Francisco, please call or e-mail
us today to schedule your initial consultation.
1375 Grand Avenue, Suite 201
Piedmont, CA 94610